Someone Is Stealing Children in Paris
SOMEINE IS STEALING CHILDREN IN PARIS
by Louis Forest
adapted by Brian Stableford
cover by Mike Hoffman
Flax is a man of superhuman genius. Every time I've had the opportunity to spend an hour with him, I've retained a unique impression: that of finding myself in the presence of a sort of demigod, whose brain gives birth to ideas so elevated that they far surpass the understanding of the most learned men.
On 25 June 1906, the readers of the daily newspaper LE MATIN discovered this terrifying headline:
"SOMEONE IS STEALING CHILDREN IN PARIS! EVERY DAY! On the Grands Boulevards and quiet residential streets! Children have disappeared Boulevard Montmartre, Rue Caumartin, Rue Royale, Rue Racine, Avenue Niel, Passage des Panoramas, Cité Rougemont. In full daylight, with diabolical cunning and monstrous audacity! Under the very eyes of their mothers! This is not fiction, a horror tale designed to scare our readers, but the terrifying truth!"
The police being incapable of finding the perpetrators, the French Government appoints a special scientific commission to investigate. Its leader is the notorious German doctor Professor Flax. But is he really the benefactor he claims to be?
Louis Forest (1872-1933) was a journalist for various Parisian newspsapers, including Le Matin, for which he wrote this ground-breaking serial about the artificial creation of supermen through radium-based brain surgery.
Le Voleur d'Enfants / On Vole des Enfants à Paris (1906)
Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford.